Feed The Rhino
The Burning Sons
01. Flood The System
02. Nothing Lost
03. The Burning Sons
04. I Am The Curse, I Am The Cure
05. Kings Of Grand Delusion
06. Song Of Failure
08. Left For Ruins
10. Death Of The Swine
12. The Compass
[In At The Deep End]
As far as ‘verb the noun’ band names go, Feed The Rhino is definitely one of the odder contributions around. It really doesn’t do much to describe the band’s particular brand of angular rock ‘n’ core, where Every Time I Die, Gallows and Hawk Eyes all clash head on. The Burning Sons marks this British quartet’s attempt at ‘the difficult second album’ and sets the soundtrack for a jaunt of high profile shows alongside the aforementioned current kings of UK hardcore, Gallows, as well as an apparently crushing set at the legendary Download festival. It would seem the murmurs about this band have gone from a dull whisper to a dense industrial hum in the short time since the release of their debut and The Burning Sons only gives you more reason to buy into it.
The core (no pun intended) of the Feed The Rhino sound is simple and effective — take the swaggered southern drawl of modern Every Time I Die and run it through a gritty English filter. Riffs pummel and crush before taking a short sidestep into flourishes of rhythmic variation, it’s tasteful and works well for the band, thankfully, as the large majority of this record revolves around that idea. ‘Death Of The Swine‘ is built around one such riff, that has an almost Kvelertak feel to it, an energetic bounce that is sure move heads and lead-off single ‘Left For Ruins’ quickly asserts it’s dominance by running through an assortment of stomping ‘elephant march’ riffs.
While dirty metalcore may be the center of attention, The Rhino also detours down dark and moody passages in the latter half of the album for ‘Razor‘ and ‘Tides‘, showing vocalist Lee Tobin’s ability to croon delicately with the best of them. These moments are few and far between though and variation isn’t of huge importance within The Burning Sons, but it’s hard to knock the band when they clearly understand what they do well and it’s even harder to complain when you’re too busy picking the shrapnel of your face from the last massive riff that blew up. Just as a track like ‘Kings Of Grand Delusion‘ is bordering on outstaying it’s welcome, ‘Song Of Failure‘ appears with it’s attention grabbing and driving rhythms and leaves you wondering why you ever doubted them.
The Burning Sons is the sound of a band that KNOWS that they’re not exactly doing anything to push any boundaries. They know that metalcore has been mined and defiled in nearly every way possible and they understand that any attempt to really mess with the formula too much would probably make for a disaster. But most of all, The Burning Sons is the sound of a band captalising on their strengths and creating a record that is accomplished and, more importantly, great fun. There’s a reason why people are talking about this band and will be obvious upon your first listen.
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